Last Friday, some of the industry’s hotshots – and Property Week’s notshots – gathered for a day of shooting at the Royal Berkshire Shooting School to raise money for Chickenshed, a London-based charity whose mission is to encourage anyone from any background to get involved in theatre.
Strolling across the Berkshire countryside on an unseasonably warm autumn day, 14 teams took part in the three-hour, 10-stand clay pigeon shoot, hosted by Harvey Soning of James Andrew International and Tony Gibbon of BH2. Well-earned glasses of beer and Champagne followed and after that came lunch, the much-anticipated charity auction – which raised £10,150 – and the prize-giving ceremony.
The best individual shooter was Emil Sohrab of James Taylor Group, who achieved an impressive score of 86. Meanwhile, Liz McGovern of James Andrew International picked up the prize for best individual shooter in the women’s category for the second year in a row. Stratstone of Mayfair Defenders nabbed the award for best team.
Property Week’s Sitting Ducks received a cuddly toy as a consolation prize for their incredible effort and not-so-incredible shooting after coming last… again.
Thankfully, Chickenshed fared much better, with £55,000 being raised on the day for the charity. Gemma Kirk, head of fundraising at Chickenshed, thanked everyone who supported the event. “The money raised will help disadvantaged young people to gain an accredited degree qualification in inclusive performing arts, a chance that can considerably alter the path of their lives for the better,” she said.